DC PREMIERE - THE LAST SONG BEFORE THE WAR
Friday, August 23, 2013 from 9:15 PM to 11:15 PM (EDT)
WASHINGTON, D.C. PREMIERE OF THE LAST SONG BEFORE THE WAR
@ 4th Annual World Music and Independent Film Festival (WMIFF) 2013
The film will be followed by Q & A with H.E. Al Maamoun Keita, Ambassador to the U.S. from the Republic of Mali; Master Griot Cheick Hamala Diabate; and the filmmakers. The night will end with a special LIVE music performance by Cheick Hamala Diabate and Supernova!
The Last Song Before the War captures the inspiring rise and uncertain future of Mali’s Festival in the Desert told by the Festival director, musicians who perform, and intrepid travelers who journey to Timbuktu. Against the backdrop of stunning music, the film subtly reveals the challenges and triumphs of creating an artistic event in challenging political and economic times. After 12 years of unforgettable music, the Festival came to a halt in 2012 when Tuareg rebels and militant extremists seized control of Northern Mali. The film chronicles the 2011 Festival — arguably the last edition that captured its original goals — a global display of peace, reconciliation, and the healing power of music.
STARRING Habib Koite, Vieux Farka Toure, Bombino, Tinariwen, Oumou Sangare, Tartit, Group Amanar, Bassekou Kouyate, and Khaira Arby, Leni Stern, Je Conte and the Malian Allstars, and Afropop Worldwide Senior Editor Banning Eyre.
SEE TRAILER http://thelastsongbeforethewar.com/
CHEICK HAMALA DIABATE http://cheickhamala.com
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Fiscally Sponsored by Women in Film and Video-DC (WIFV)
Funding Provided by National Endowment for the Arts